I saw a dachshund (a.k.a. weiner dog) the other day, and that reminded me of some things I've always wondered.
1. I've heard that they can't climb stairs, because their legs are so short and their body is so long. Is it true that they can't climb stairs, or is it just that they shouldn't climb stairs on a regular basis because it could cause back problems. Do they find it easier to go up or down the stairs?
2. I'm sure you can teach a weiner dog to sit, but I've never seen one sitting (granted, I haven't seen too many weiner dogs lately, in general). Because of their short legs and long bodies, does sitting not look much different from laying down? Does sitting not come naturally to them like it does to other dogs (i.e., will they spontaneously sit, or does it need to be taught)? If I were to train a dachshund, should I explicitly teach it to sit, or should I just teach it to lay down or to stay in one spot (standing), to serve the same purpose?
Just a couple of things I've been curious about....
yes they are capable of going both up and down stairs but it should be limited so as not to cause strain on there back. Down is worse than up because of gravity. Also they are perfectly capable of sitting just like any other dog, actually my best friends doxie sits pretty and looks just like a meerkat lol. I would approach training just like any other small dog although they are extremly stubborn!
You are right the wirehaired ones are pretty neat. Dachshunds are very smart too.
However I think you already know this, to never feed them too much, because they tend to get overweight. Ours is not, but in Germany you will see a lot of overweight dachshunds, which is not so good on their back.
P.S. After all this hoopla, it was later found out that one of her own family members planted the letter (and called her) and took the Jesus statue just for a joke. She eventually got her Jesus statue back.
***Edited By: gbroxon on 3/6/2008 11:25:45 AM*** Reason: Added P.S.
I bought a long haired black and tan dapple male for my daughter Christmas '06....and I have found he is very stubborn, and very very hard to housebreak. I am a breeder of Dogue de Bordeauxs (Hooch from Turner and Hooch movie) and my mastiffs are housebroken by 5 months...Aslund is 1.5 years almost and still is not 100%. I have talked to so many doxie owners and every one has said theirs was hard to break. It doesn't help that he's an intact male either. He's a true mini 10.1 lbs.